What we did in May

These well loved brogues were brought in by Sam as the fabric part has worn through.
Tom of Holland has done some beautiful visible mending on them.
He was using a weaving darning technique which required great attention to detail!


Tom from the Old Tree brought in his strimmer and got help to take it apart and see what had stopped working.

Shirley reinforced the joins on this vintage bag as the glue had started to decay.

Alan tackled another toaster and got it working again.
Another happy ‘customer’.
Ali found a way to put the flip back in these flops.
Making a hole in the rubber toe insert…
and two holes in the dips in the sole to weave some sturdy thread through.
Ta da!
Shirley turned this well worn favourite shirt into a collarless one.
She then used the material from the collar to patch & reinforce other holes in the sleeves.
A clever bit of stitching makes it look part of the design.
This couple were very happy with their fixed kettle and radio that Alan helped them to repair.
One couple from Rhodesia came for some advice about a digital radio that was being somewhat unreliable. They told us about the thriving repair culture where they came from & how they missed it here.
Tom & Shirley gave advice about how to fix this beautiful vintage silk petticoat bought in a car boot sale.
Tom brought along his Beeswax Bar (from Dockerills) that you run your threads over to make them smoother for sewing.
It also has plenty of other uses!
Shirley gave advice on how to sew a hem on a woollen coat & decided hand stitching would be preferable.
A slow and steady day with plenty of new faces who came to join us.